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11-22-2017 08:28 AM

I'm trying to take a three digit number i.e. 123 and split it into three pairs; a front pair, a back pair and the outer two numbers form the three pair i.e. 12, 23, 13. I'm having trouble with formula. I tried to copy and past Google Sheets formula

**=join(", ",{left(C3,2)&"x","x"&right(C3,2),"x"&left(C3,1)&right(C3,1)}****)** in Microsoft Excel but I'm getting an error.** **So what would be the correct formula?

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11-22-2017 09:44 AM

Hi Alana,

Google Sheets formula not necessary work in Excel, these are different products. Your formula in Excel looks like

=LEFT(C3,2) & "," & RIGHT(C3,2) & "," & LEFT(C3,1) & RIGHT(C3,1)

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11-22-2017 09:48 AM - edited 11-22-2017 09:50 AM

SolutionHi,

You got that error because there is no function in Excel called: **JOIN**.

Replace this:

=join(", ",{left(C3,2)&"x","x"&right(C3,2),"x"&left(C3,1)&right(C3,1)})

With this:

=LEFT(C3,2)&"x,"&" x"&RIGHT(C3,2)&", x"&LEFT(C3,1)&RIGHT(C3,1)

Or this:

=LEFT(C3,2)&", "&RIGHT(C3,2)&", "&LEFT(C3,1)&RIGHT(C3,1)

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Alana Weaver (Occasional Contributor)

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11-25-2017 10:52 AM

Thanks for helping me with formula. It works and giving alternative formula

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11-25-2017 10:53 AM

Thanks for your help also Sergei

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11-25-2017 11:19 AM

If I have a three digit number *i.e. 098* that begins with number **0** how do I get Excel to display it? The formula works but its displaying the pairs without number zero *i.e. 98x, x98, x98*

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11-25-2017 11:39 AM - edited 11-25-2017 11:40 AM

Excel automatically removes leading zeros, so you have to convert that number to text in order to display the zero it in the formula.

You can type an apostrophe (**'**) in front of the number, and Excel will treat it as text.

For example:

'098

**NOTE:** the apostrophe will be hidden after you exit the cell.

Give it a try.

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11-25-2017 01:43 PM

You may apply custom format to your cells to display leading zero(es)

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11-29-2017 09:45 AM

I created the custom type **000** and it still doesn't recognize the *zero* only the back pair is displayed

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